The Bankers : How the Banks Brought Ireland to Its Knees, Paperback

The Bankers : How the Banks Brought Ireland to Its Knees Paperback



As recently as 2007, the Irish economy was still booming and the state coffers overflowing; by the end of 2008, the state faces an unprecedented crisis.

The story of the Irish banking collapse is a tawdry tale of collusion, back-scratching and denial among bankers, developers, regulators and politicians.

This is the story Shane Ross - independent Senator, long-time champion of citizens against misbehaving corporations, and Journalist of the Year 2009 - tells in "The Bankers", going behind the scenes and the headlines to explain what happened, how it happened and who made it happen.

They're all here: Sean FitzPatrick, Michael Fingleton and the other bank bosses; Patrick Neary and his colleagues in Ireland's failed regulatory apparatus; the property developers, whose borrowings ruined the banks, and many of whom are now personally ruined; and the politicians, whose policies helped inflate the property bubble and who have allowed the banks to dictate the terms of their bail-out.

Shane Ross knows the stories of these people and what they got up to, and in "The Bankers" he makes sense of a scandal that will haunt Ireland for years to come.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, Illustrations (some col.), ports.
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Financial crises & disasters
  • ISBN: 9780141044446



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